Local 21 Wins Hearing on Abuse of Exempt Positions in San Francisco


Also, City rejects our proposals on outsourcing


Local 21 recently met with San Francisco Supervisors to talk about our priority issues in bargaining. After meeting with us, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer called for a hearing on the growing use of Exempt positions in CCSF. “Exempt employees are at will, meaning they can be terminated at any time for any reason, or no reason. Growing numbers of at will employees may increase the potential for gender and racial discrimination in city government, creating work environments where employees are afraid to speak out,” said Fewer at the March 5 Board meeting. Supervisor Fewer explained that both of her parents had been public servants, and benefited from a permanent civil service hiring process. “Civil service jobs in San Francisco provide a real pathway for economic stability for thousands of people and their families, and it is critical that we protect the integrity of the system. It has been and should continue to be a pathway to the middle class,” Fewer continued.

Local 21 members will be at the City Hall Exempt Hearing on April 4, at 10 am, in a show of force on this important issue (RSVP Here). With almost 25% of Local 21 members now hired as exempt (temporary) employees without the job protections that permanent civil service workers have, this issue is coming to a boiling point. Workers who can be terminated without just cause are less likely to speak up about issues that arise in their workplace, and are much more subject to problems like discrimination and favoritism.

The Local 21 Bargaining Team continues to press for full job rights for workers who have been classified as exempt, while solidarity actions and the Exempt Hearing can put pressure on the City to stop the rampant overuse of these positions going forward.

In other bargaining news, last week the City rejected all parts of Local 21’s proposal to limit outsourcing of Local 21 work, despite strong presentations from members on the consequences for institutional knowledge, permanent middle-class jobs for San Franciscans, and the budget. Local 21 has passed multiple proposals across the table, including fixes to various types of differential pay, equity adjustments, and also a proposal for the Mayor to endorse legislation that would create a Public Bank.